Online history event set on bear ceremonialism


The Morrison County Historical Society presents “The Archaeology of Bear Ceremonialism” featuring guest speaker David Mather to be hosted online via Zoom at 7 p.m. Sept. 22.

Mather will discuss the worldwide concept of bear ceremonialism and, in the context of wildlife biology, a zooarchaeological study of bear remains from Minnesota.

Mather is the National Register Archaeologist for the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office. He has worked as a professional archaeologist in Minnesota for more than 30 years, with specialties in environmental archaeology, zooarchaeology and historic preservation. The archaeology of bear ceremonialism was the focus of his doctorate degree on dissertation at the University of Minnesota.

According to a news release, “Reverence for bears was an ancient and widely held tradition in the history of the northern world. From Scandinavia, across Siberia, Japan and North America, anthropologists have identified shared themes concerning hunts, feasts, and the treatment of the slain bear by otherwise distinct cultures. In rare instances, archaeologists have encountered the sacred places where remains of ancient bears were placed.”

Cost is $10 for general admission and $7 for MCHS members, plus tax. There is a limit of 100 people at this event. People may make reservations by calling the museum at 320-632-4007 or going online at . Reservations are due by Sept. 19.


Those who do not have internet access can join the discussion over the phone.

The museum is open by appointment only during the pandemic. People may call the museum to schedule an appointment at least 48 hours ahead. Appointments will be made during normal museum hours.

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